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Mysteries of the Unseen World

What you can't see is right before your eyes!

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aphid
aphid
caterpillar head
caterpillar head
gecko leg hair
gecko leg hair
butterfly wing
butterfly wing
tick
tick
tick claw
tick claw
clovermite
clovermite
dustmite
dustmite
mosquito eyes
mosquito eyes
marine worm
marine worm
rainbow nano
rainbow nano
insect
insect
pollen
pollen
cat flea
cat flea
eyelash mite
eyelash mite
gecko and robot
gecko and robot
head lice
head lice
nano gold
nano gold

Mysteries of the Unseen World provides you with an incredible look at things that are normally too slow, too fast, too small or too vast for the human eye to see. The film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology result in larger-than-life images that are stunning to see on the 76-foot Heikoff Giant Dome Theater screen. From the powerful thread of a spider’s web to the slow-motion shatter and splatter of a dropped pitcher of milk, Mysteries of the Unseen World invites you to look at the world in a whole new way. Narrated by Forest Whitaker. West Coast Premiere!

  • Watch what it would be like to have X-ray vision or infrared vision.
  • See the skin of a shark, the eye of a fruit fly and an eggshell magnified millions of times.
  • View spectacular slow-motion footage of popcorn popping, a Jesus lizard running on the surface of water and lightning rising up from the ground as well as striking from the sky.

 

Look Closely

The filmmakers worked with a 3-D medical animation company to depict the atom-scale realm of nano-science and potential innovations in nanotechnology. In a complex zoom sequence, the shot moves in on a spider, then a strand of its silk, then into the silk itself, where audiences see a bacterium. The camera then zooms even deeper, in on a virus on the bacterium, then into the DNA of the virus and finally into the actual atoms of the DNA.

 

The Film Team

An original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, Mysteries of the Unseen World is produced by Jini Dürr (Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure) and Lisa Truitt (Mysteries of Egypt) and directed by Louie Schwartzberg (Disneynature: Wings of Life).

“Mysteries of the Unseen World immerses audiences in mind-bending dimensions that enhance our understanding of the planet and inspire people with the wonder and possibilities of science,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment.

“The premise of this new giant screen film experience is looking at the world through a variety of imaging technologies that allow audiences to see beyond what they can with the naked eye and gain a new vision of the world around them,” said producer Jini Dürr.

The film is funded in part by a grant from the National Science foundation and generous support from Lockheed Martin and FEI, a manufacturer of electron microscopes.

The Fleet is pleased to offer the Rear Window closed-captioning system. When you purchase your ticket, tell the guest services associate that you would like to use the closed-caption service. The service is complimentary, and it is accessible in the upper-right seating area of the theater.